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Rickett and Shine

Imagine you are Timothy McGuire and you have two dogs living in your yard – the loyal Shine and the scheming, plotting Rickett. You know, whichever dog you feed will be the stronger dog… A parable about the dual natures within us all.


  • Concept: Timothy McGuire has two dogs living in his backyard. The loyal and loving Shine and the scheming and selfish Rickett. Timothy learns the hard way that whichever dog he feeds will be the stronger dog. This story is a lesson in the dual nature that lives inside of all of us. That which seeks to please God, and that which seeks to please the flesh.
  • Story Origin: Original
  • Setting: A neighborhood backyard
  • Precept(s):
    • Even when we are saved by God’s grace, we still must wrestle with the desires of the flesh.
    • These desires are often in conflict with how God would have us live.
    • We “feed” either of these desires with what we do, where we go, what we see, etc.
    • Whichever desire we feed most will be the strongest.
    • Feeding the desires of the flesh will eventually lead us to calamity.
    • God’s forgiveness and restoration is always available to us.
  • Key Bible Verse: Romans 7:21-24 So, I find this law at work: when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will save me from this body of death?
  • Other Verses Referenced: Philippians 4:8


  • Written and Narrated by Dana Buck
  • Devotional Thoughts Narrated by Kim Pratt
  • Produced by Beneath Blue Skies Productions
  • Music Credit: “Groundwork” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Sew Powerful Parables will tickle your funny bone, touch your heart and offer you a new way to experience God’s truth. Jesus often used parables to communicate His most important messages. Dana Buck picks up that tradition in a poetic, rhyming style that makes listening easy and enjoyable. All ages will love these stories full of memorable characters, insightful lessons and just plain fun.

After retiring from a 38-year career with the Christian non-profit organization, World Vision, Dana Buck now devotes himself full time to writing, speaking, and mentoring. His Sew Powerful Parables continue to grow in popularity as they charm audiences, readers and listeners. He is a Charter Board member for the nonprofit organization Sew Powerful, where he lends his expertise to further their mission of combating extreme poverty by training, equipping and empowering women and girls in the developing world. Dana resides in the greater Seattle area with his wife Grace and their neurotic cat. They have two children, Jared and Alyssa, and Alyssa is married to son-in-law, Ivan. No grandchildren yet, but Ivan and Alyssa do own and share their beautiful grand-dog, Odin. Reach Dana with comments or suggestions at